Originally Posted by Vt Newbie
Thanks to all for your input. We are spending the next 4 days in Stowe to look at houses and trying to get a feel for the area. We are looking from Stowe down to Moretown and over to Middlesex for a home. We want to stay within 40 min to Burlington and 30 min to CVMC if we can.
Does anyone have a favorite restaurant in Stowe? What about breakfast place? What are some places to stay away from?
I don't know if I'm answering this in time for your trip, but here's my .02 anyway.
We have a second home in Stowe which we've owned since 2002. It'll be our 'home base' after our youngest heads off to college next year. We've come to know quite a few people in the area, as well as just chatting here and there - the one thing I consistently hear is that they are very happy with the schools and the sports programs available. There is definitely sticker-shock when looking at Stowe's real estate values and taxes, but ultimately, if you love Stowe you pay the piper. (Which is what we're doing for the forseeable future. Good thing our place is little.)
Just one ~ of our many ~ favorite restaurants is in the "Whip Bar and Grill" in the Green Mountain Inn. We love to order their turkey dinner (all the fixin's just like Thanksgiving) even in the summer!
A really fun place is the *Malt Shop, down the side street behind Green Mtn. Inn. Just like a 1950's malt shop! Adorable!
Also good is *Pie-In-The-Sky (pizza, entrees, soup, salad) and Pie-casso (similar menu, different atmosphere).
A fun place for dinner and a great selection of beer is Mr. Pickwick's Pub right across the street from Pie-In-The-Sky.
We LOVE *HANA, it's a Japanese hibatchi restaurant. So good.
HobKnob has excellent steaks, among other things.
Also good: *Gracie's, Norma's (at Topnotch, excellent but pricey), Harrison's. I hear the Thai restaurant "Red Basil" is good but not great, I haven't been able to go there myself yet.
For fantastic southwestern food, I HIGHLY recommend *The Cactus Cafe. Delicious smoked & grilled ribs!
Cactus Cafe- Stowe, Vermont- menu
(http://www.cactuscafestowe.com/menu.htm - broken link)
Just drive up and down Mountain Road and you'll see these places and more.
The Foxfire is very nice, excellent Italian food. It's outside of Stowe center, on the way to Morrisville.
Many excellent breakfast choices can be found in Stowe, *The Dutch Pancake is a popular choice. You will not leave hungry! We like the little restaurant found at the *Golden Eagle resort on Mountain Road. McCarthy's is near the movie theater and where the locals go.
Okay...now I'm hungry.
There are only a couple of places I'm not crazy about. Lots of people like Trattoria La Festa - an Italian restaurant past Topnotch. I think it's just okay, and not as clean as I'd prefer. Great atmosphere though! We used to like The Shed, but DH and DS ate there while on a guys-only ski trip and they said it was not as good as in the past. Tried to eat at Olive's Bistro. We were seated and sat there, ignored, for 15 minutes. Not even a glass of water or a menu. We left, so I don't know how the food is. Maybe we were there on an "off" night...?
Here's a website that's a great resource for resorts, dining, etc.:
Dining in Stowe Vermont - Enjoy Over 45 Award Winning Restaraunts
Anyway, you can see that there are lots of choices, and 99.9% of them good ones! Have a wonderful trip and best of luck house-hunting!
(*Easy to take the kids)